13A.12.01.05

.05 General Requirements for Professional Certificates.

A. General Standards. An applicant for a professional certificate shall meet the following requirements unless otherwise provided in §D of this regulation:

(1) Receive a bachelor's or higher degree from an IHE;

(2) Complete one of the certification options under Regulation .04 of this chapter; and

(3) Submit:

(a) Evidence of qualifying scores as established by the State Superintendent of Schools on the teacher certification tests approved by the State Board of Education;

(b) A current, professional, out-of-State teaching certificate and verification that a qualifying score on a valid State certificate test was submitted to receive the certificate;

(c) A professional teaching certificate and 2 years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience in the certification area at the appropriate level; or

(d) Evidence of distinction of knowledge, skill, and practice of teaching provided to the applicant by a national or regional organization that is approved by the State Superintendent of Schools.

B. Special Provisions.

(1) Credits from institutions in other countries shall be evaluated for comparability of degree and course work by an independent agency authorized to analyze foreign credentials and designated by the Department. The evaluation is conclusive for the Department.

(2) An applicant who presents a bachelor's or higher degree from an IHE whose official transcript notes the earning of credit using the College Level Examination Program may receive credit for those specific content course requirements.

C. Acceptable Credit. Acceptable credit shall be approved by the local superintendent of schools if the applicant is employed by the local school system, or if the applicant is not so employed by the State Superintendent of Schools if the credit is:

(1) Earned or taught at an IHE or through CPDs;

(2) Related to a school assignment;

(3) Earned within 5 years immediately preceding the date on which the certificate is issued; and

(4) Unless exempt under Regulation .11A(7) of this chapter, earned in reading course work under Regulation .11A(5) of this chapter if the teacher has not completed them.

D. Exceptions. An applicant who does not possess a bachelor's or higher degree for certification in a career and technology education area which does not require a bachelor's degree is required to submit evidence of qualifying scores as established by the State Superintendent of Schools on the teacher certification tests approved by the State Board of Education.

E. An applicant shall present teacher certification test scores under §A of this regulation directly to the Department in one of the following ways:

(1) Directly from the testing company;

(2) By notation on an official college transcript;

(3) With the applicant's original score report or a copy of the applicant's score report verified to the satisfaction of the Department; or

(4) By verification from a state department of education.